The Supreme Court (SC) will begin in February 2018 the recount of votes in connection with the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
The poll protest and the recount of ballots shall cover the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. These were the areas chosen by Marcos as the best provinces where he could prove the irregularities alleged in his protest.
According to Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia, their camp is glad that the ball will finally roll.
“Natutuwa kami, although na-delay nang konti, tuloy-tuloy na ito. Sana matapos na pagbibilang ng mga balota (Although there was some delay, we are happy that it will finally happen. We wish that the counting was over),” Garcia said.
Robredo’s counsel, Romulo Macalintal, said that first to be reviewed are the ballots from the contested clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the vice president’s home province, which will be retrieved on January 22, 2018 with the recount slated for the second week of February.
The vice presidential votes in Iloilo abd Negros Oriental will be counted next.